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Metal News for April 24, 2011

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Clutch Announces More Headlining Tour Dates

Clutch recently confirmed a headlining run for this July with Corrosion of Conformity serving as direct support. The tour will kick off with two special shows in the New York area. The first show is on July 20th at the Brooklyn Bowl in Brooklyn, NY. The following evening Clutch will be playing a special show in New York City aboard The Temptress Cruise ship on the Hudson River as part of the "Rocks off Boat Cruise Series." Tickets for the cruise are extremely limited and will sell out fast. The entire July run with the previously announced dates supporting Flogging Molly is below:

7/20: Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bowl
7/21: New York, NY @ The Temptress (Rocks off Boat Cruise) *CLUTCH ONLY*
7/22: Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
7/23: Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop
7/24: Traverse City, MI @ Ground Zero
7/26: Columbia, MO @ Blue Note
7/27: Urbana, IL @ The Canopy Club
7/28 Cleveland, OH @ Jacob's Pavilion at Nautica *Flogging Molly*
7/29 Columbus, OH @ LC Pavilion *Flogging Molly*
7/30: Madison, WI @ Willow Island @ Alliant Energy Center *CLUTCH ONLY*
7/31: Louisville, KY @ Expo Five

Clutch will be kicking off the band's nine-date headlining tour beginning May 20th in Reading, PA to promote th forthcoming "Basket of Eggs" project, as well as serving as an extended warm up run for their large scale European Festival tour in June. The 10 day south-eastern US run (dates below) will feature Maylene & the Sons of Disaster as main support. Clutch will keep the average ticket price for these shows to a fan friendly $17.50. More...

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Interview With Seth Putnam Of Anal Cunt

Anal Cunt has been offending the senses for decades. With infamous vocalist/guitarist Seth Putnam, who has been known for starting fights with the crowd, blatant drug use, and dying multiple times, the grindcore outfit has remained a fixture of the genre.

Anal Cunt has now released the band's latest album "Fuckin' A," (reviewed here) a tribute to cock rock, and is currently touring in support of the release. I had a quick and strange talk with Seth Putnam about the new album, the cock rock outfits he wears, and his drug of choice. A transcription follows. (Sorry for all the "That's awesome"'s. I was a bit nervous.) More...

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Behemoth Announces Polish Tour Dates

Polish blackened death metal veterans Behemoth have announced that they will be returning to the stage this October, with a series of performances in their home country. These will be the band's first shows since frontman Adam "Nergal" Darski was diagnosed with leukemia last year, a condition which required a bone marrow transplant.

Says Nergal: "I'm proud to announce that we've just nailed these Polish leg of the tour! Fans from abroad, please be patient, Asia, Australia, Europe and US are under working. I'm beyond excited! I wanna see you all out there!"

The tour dates are as follows:

October 8 - Poznan, Poland - Eskulap
October 9 - Gdansk, Poland - Parlament
October 14 - Krakow, Poland - Studio
October 15 - Katowice, Poland - Mega Club
October 16 - Wroclaw, Poland - Eter
October 21 - Warszawa, Poland - Stodola

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Anvil Posts New Song, "FuckinEh!"

Canadian heavy metal heroes Anvil have posted another new song online from their forthcoming new studio album, "Juggernaut Of Justice." You can check out the track, "FuckinEh!" below. "Juggernaut Of Justice" will be the fourteenth studio album from the group and will be released through The End Records on May 10th.

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Discharge Continues The Revolution In Swindon

Without a doubt, Discharge was one of the most important bands in the history of British punk rock music. The band, along with The Exploited and (Charged) G.B.H. ushered in a new era in the scene, spouting pacifist beliefs, calling for the disarmament of nuclear weapons and criticizing the evils of capitalism. Discharge also was able to mix metal with punk in an excellent fashion and has been an influence on many metal bands including Metallica, Celtic Frost, and Onslaught. So with this in mind, the discovery that Discharge would be performing in Swindon seemed like too good an opportunity to pass up.

Discharge was joined by two supporting acts on the evening, the first being Bastard! Rats!, who was able to entertain the small audience with a catchy brand of punk rock, utilized in a similar fashion to The Clash with a hint of the pop punk bands of the 90's such as Green Day, though with a much more aggressive tone than the latter. A set of around thirty minutes seemed just about right for the group, who, while not being able to garner a massive response from the few in the audience, certainly did well enough to win over a few converts.

Next up was Diablo 13. A slightly larger number of people were able to witness the locals, who perform a perfect mixture of hardcore punk with a country music influence, though the country stylings seemed to be showing less on the evening, the band instead opting to perform their more jagged material. Frontman Marky C is truly a sight to behold, as he absorbs himself so much in the group's music that he appears to be lost in a world of his own, allowing him to be one of the most expressive frontmen in the local scene. He clearly believes in the music, as do the rest of the band, who perform with a tight fashion but are clearly having fun while they play. It took a little while but eventually they were able to get a few old punks away from the bar and on to the dance floor, where the energy of the set was being met well.

Finally came the turn of the headlining legends Discharge. Despite the sparse crowd, the band was able to unleash an astonishingly ferocious set, providing an excellent mix of old punk material with the act's more recent crossover thrash metal catalogue. Newer songs such as "Hell Is War" and "The Beginning Of The End" are set upon the audience like the violent sonic onslaught they were designed to be and performed with the energy of young speed freaks, let alone a band which has been going for more than thirty years. Lead vocalist Ant Cimex has only been in the group for around a year but he fits in brilliantly, sporting a perfect mohawk and barking out Discharge classics old and new like a rabid dog. Likewise, the rest of the band are on top form too, with bass being handled in a precise manner, while the distorted guitar sounds are able to create a chaotic but fine crafted sound. All in all, it was a magnificent display from one of British punk and crossover's most seminal bands, and with the current British political climate being what it is, their music is becoming more and more relevant to the youth of today with every passing week. It's good to know that some bands never sell out or pigeon hole themselves and Discharge certainly show no signs of these changes, or compromise of any kind, in the near future.

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Bloodiest Posts Performance Footage

Bloodiest has posted a video clip online of the band preforming live in Chicago on April 9th, 2011. You can view the footage below. Bloodiest also recently posted a new song online titled "Slave Rule."

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Aosoth Posts New Song Online

Aosoth has posted the song "III-2" online, which is off the band's new full-length album "III." You can check out the song in the clip below.

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Hostile Cell Bassist Issues Update On New Band

Martin Söderqvist of the recently disbanded Hostile Cell has issued the following update about the progress with his new band Debbie Ray:

"While Hostile Cell has been buried, I am busy with my new band Debbie Ray, featuring members from Plan 9 and Ironware. Our debut album is currently available via Itunes, or directly from Demon Doll Records.

"We are entering the studio on Tuesday to record three new songs that we will release digitally as soon as they are finished. We will keep releasing songs regularly, instead of waiting a year to finish an album. Our goal is to get the music out to there as soon as it's done!"

Further details on Debbie Ray are available at the band's Facebook page here.

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Sunday Old School: W.A.S.P.

In 1982, when Blackie Lawless put together his band W.A.S.P. (original members: Blackie Lawless, Rik Fox, Randy Piper, and Tony Richards ) there was an immediate buzz over what did the band name/acronym W.A.S.P. represent? From We Are Sexual Perverts to We Are Satan’s People, only the We Are was agreed upon. It was also agreed that Lawless was clearly a marketing genius. The answer is if you go to the dead wax area on W.A.S.P.’s first LP. You will see “we are sexually perverted” inscribed.

The band recorded their first song titled “Animal (F**ck Like a Beast),” which would later be the first song on their self-titled album W.A.S.P. This track would be pulled from the distribution so stores in the U.S. would carry it. It was clear from the start that this band would create and live a unique identity. If fellow Sunset Strip bands like Ratt were going to be about sex and hookers, and Motley Crue was going to be about drugs and strippers, well, then W.A.S.P. decided early on they were going to be about raping hookers and strippers who are on drugs.

In addition to groupies and cutters, their music also got the attention of the Washington D.C. based Parents Music Research Center (P.M.R.C.). A group of up-tight suits led by Tipper Gore declaring war on sex, violence, and vulgar musical lyrics, the basis for their argument was The Filthy Fifteen, a list of songs demonstrating their mission. In their eyes, this list (and not Tipper Gore’s pant suits) was destroying society. W.A.S.P.’s “Animal” was on the list with fellow heavy metal acts Motley Crue and Twisted Sister as well as pop stars Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, and Sheena Easton. Sheena Easton was on the list for a song named “Sugar Walls,” which I’m guessing pissed off Lawless because he didn’t come up with this song title first. Due to the “list,” the band received death and bomb threats from followers of the P.M.R.C. Blackie Lawless was even shot at twice. That is one more time than Ronald Reagan was shot at. Looking back, many forget that W.A.S.P. was a part of the The Filthy Fifteen, but they were part of it, and at the time pretty proud of this. More...

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Evile Posts New Studio Footage Online

British thrashers Evile have posted another new studio video recording online. The band is recording its forthcoming new album at Parlour Studios in Kettering, England, and is working with producer Russ Russell.

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The Chariot Posts New Music Video Online

American mathcore act The Chariot has posted its new music video online. The video was created for the track "The City" and can be viewed in the player below.

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